Barley Salad

This year, I have been trying to stay away from highly processed foods. This  has asked me to get creative with ingredients. Stepping out of my comfort zone of rice or even quinoa, and try new things. Grains, Carbs, they can get a bad reputation in my opinion, but I like my grains and so I need to be more adventurous when I use them. My new grain of choice… Barley. It is not just for the condensed beef soups that you may have grown up with. Barley is awesome.  Continue reading

Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Sweet White Blend Marinade #SundaySupper with @GalloFamily

Outdoor dining is one of my favorite parts of summer! I love the laid back atmosphere, plus everything tastes better on a grill. Smokey flavors, friends, family, all paired with laughter and a glass of wine sounds like a perfect evening in my book. Continue reading

Grilled Salad with Skirt Steak #ChooseDreams #WeekdaySupper

Once the heat of July really hits, you will find me grilling most of our meals. Grilling brings an endless array of great ways to makeover meals. Salad and Steak… total classic, we have all had it. Now, Grilled Salad, that is something new. Let me tell you, the colors and flavors that grilling your classic salad ingredients brings out is amazing! You have to give it a try.

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Greek Chicken Burgers #SundaySupper

This week, #SundaySupper, is all about meals that have 5 ingredients or less. There are some freebie ingredients such as salt, pepper, oil… but for the most part, the meals that are featured contain only 5 ingredients. This was a really fun challenge. What in tarnation could I make that had 5 or less ingredients? Well a burger sounded good, but Greek Chicken Burgers sounded even better. Continue reading

Stuffed Baby Sweet Peppers for Recipe Countdown 2013

What a week it has been. This Christmas season seems so much shorter than in the past. We hung lights in our windows just last night. I love the glow of the Christmas lights. If we hung lights up all year, would they lose their magic? Perhaps… Continue reading

Jambalaya {A One Pot Meal #SundaySupper}

I am a seasonal eater.  It’s true, there I said it… that is my picky eater moment. There are just certain foods that go with each season. There is no way I could prepare and feast on a pot roast in July just as I could not get away with all the wonderful light foods of summer during a Michigan winter. It’s just not right.  This week’s #SundaySupper theme is all about One Pot Meals. What you can make in one dish or your crockpot. Sounds fabulous right about now, right?  Right. Continue reading

Stuffed Baby Sweet Peppers {for #SundaySupper Labor Day Party}

It is Labor Day weekend. The official end to summer in Michigan. Beaches close and kids head back to school. Leaves on the trees are starting to turn and my tomatoes will never ripen. Seriously, what happened to the summer? I am sending my oldest boy off to his Freshman year of high school on Tuesday. This blows my mind. Wasn’t I just in high school my self? Wasn’t he just learning to walk on his own? Continue reading

Summer Fresh, Veggie Pizza for #SundaySupper

What, a #SundaySupper theme centered around fresh foods from the Farmers Market, local sources and/or your garden?! Um,  Yay! Could there be a better theme to showcase all the great foods in season around the world? Our friend T.R. from No One Likes Crumbley Cookies is hosting this event. The line up of foods is amazing! I truly can not wait to try all these recipes. Continue reading

Blackberry Caprese Salad with Blackberry Balsamic Reduction #TheSaladBar

Welcome to the first ever #TheSaladBar Post! Thank you Wendy at The WeekendGourment for putting this all together.  I was so excited when this opportunity presented itself. Unprocessed Summer is my goal and salads are pretty fresh foods. Actually, Summer and Fall are the best time of year to utilize salads as meals in my opinion. All the fresh, local ingredients…  what more could the foodie in me need?

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Asparagus and Spring Onion Frittata for #SundaySupper



This Week’s theme for #SundaySupper is Springtime dishes. This was a hard one for me. Living in Michigan, Springtime has not quite yet hit our area. We went to bed with the temps lingering around 30F and woke up to a blanket of fresh snow. The Chill in the air tells us that we are still in Winter’s grip but the longer days are telling us another story, the sun shines longer and there is hope that Springtime is around the corner.

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